Meet Our Instructors

Luiz Gustavo Costa


With more than 18 years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experience and 5 years as a Renzo Gracie black belt, he has become a respected name on the mats. As a competitor, Luiz Gustavo achieved important titles in GI and NO-GI tournaments such as: Grapplers Quest, Naga, Pan American, New York Open, South American and many others. Besides his successful career as a fighter, he also has a strong background in teaching and coaching adults and kids. From 2008 to 2011 Luiz Gustavo was an instructor at Renzo Gracie NJ, and from 2012 to 2014 he was the head instructor at Renzo Gracie fight academy in Brooklyn. Since he believes that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has the power of changing people’s life through discipline and self-esteem, Luiz Gustavo constantly travels around the world teaching seminars and sharing his successful life story and knowledge.


A note from Gustavo - “I am really excited to be part of the Renzo Gracie Whitestone family. No matter who you are, my main objective and challenge is to make my students champions and warriors inside and outside the mats” – Luiz Gustavo


International Titles: 2008/ 2009 /2010/2011/2012/2013/2014

ADCC National Tournament Champion Black Belt Cruiser Weight  and Open Class division. 2014

New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Second Place 2013


3rd Place  Abu Dhabi Pro World Trials BJJ NYC 2012


New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship:
Champion:Black Belt/
Super Heavyweight

Pan NO-GI Championship:
Champion: Black Belt / Heavyweight
Champion: Black Belt / Open ClassChampionship

Grapplers Quest Championship :

5x Champion Black Belt Cruiser Weight 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014
2x Champion Brown Belt Heavyweight 2008

3xChampion: NO- GI / Heavyweight
Champion : NO- GI / Open Class

Naga Championship:
4x Champion Black Belt /Cruiser Weight 2011 2012 2013 2014
2x Champion: NO-GI Expert / Cruiser Weight 2012 2013

Pennsylvania State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation:
Champion: Super fight 205lbs.

Pan NO-GI Championship:
Third Place: Brown Belt / Medium Heavy
Third Place: Brown Belt / Open Class

World Championship CBJJE:
2x Third Place / Open Class

National Titles:


Vice Campeão Absoluto Circuito Submission Vale do Paraíba

3º lugar Circuito Submission Vale do Paraíba Categoria 85 kg

3º lugar Submission Campeonato paulista categoria 85 kg


Campeão da Seletiva do Estadual Santos Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

Campeão Estadual Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

3º lugar no Mundial de jiu jitsu absoluto Faixa: Roxa

3º lugar Circuito Paulista Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

Campeão Copa Ubatuba Peso: Pesado

Vice Campeão Absoluto Copa Ubatuba

Campeão Copa Vale do Paraíba Peso: Meio Pesado

Campeão Absoluto Copa Vale do Paraíba

Campeão Copa na Guarda Barueri Peso meio pesado

3º lugar Copa na Guarda de Submission


Campeão Copa Ubatuba Faixa: Roxa Peso: Super Pesado

Campeão Absoluto Faixa: Roxa Copa Ubatuba

Vice Campeão Estadual Faixa: Roxa Peso: Super Pesado

Campeão Copa Dragão Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

Vice Campeão Copa Itatiba Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

Vice Campeão Copa Maromba Faixa: Roxa Peso: Pesado

3º Lugar Absoluto Copa Maromba Faixa: Roxa

Vice Campeão Seletiva do Estadual Open de São Paulo Faixa: Roxa Peso: Super Pesado



Paul Thimote


Paul “The Butcher” Thimote, former champion of KTFO promotions with 10 year’s experience in marital arts. Ranked #2 in New York’s amateur mma lightweight division. With a karate background as a child finishing off with a brown belt. To continue on progressing with MuayThai and MMA. Studied both traditional and Dutch style muaythai.  Paul is the Renzo Gracie Whitestone Muay Thai and Kick Boxing instructor for children and adults, Bootcamp, and MMA instructor.


A note from Paul - "I am always looking forward to motivating those around me to excel them better beyond their potentials. I believe it is our duty to always keep the body in good health, otherwise we shall not keep our mind strong and clear."

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